VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Historical county records will be digitized and made available to the public by the Knox County Public Library, officials recently announced.
The library received a $26,000 grant from the Indiana Historical Society that will be used to put old county information online. The decision is meant to make these centuries old documents more accessible to the public.
“We want to preserve these valuable books and other records while making the content available,” Knox County Library Director Emily Bunyan said.
Some of the county information slated to be digitized dates back to the 18th century. Hundreds of books containing information such as marriage licenses, deeds and wills will be placed in the online database.
“It’s exciting to know that researchers around the world will find this information on the internet,” Bunyan said.
Page by page, books will be placed on a scanner specifically made for historical ledgers to get the information online. Bunyan said part of the grant money will be put towards this effort.
The new database will make it easier to find one’s family tree, as the books are not currently accessible to the public due to their fragility.
“These names will be searchable online so if people are doing genealogical research about their families, they’ll be able to find these names on the database,” Bunyan said.
The oldest piece of information dates back to the 1780s.